iiNet again slays Hollywood in landmark piracy case February 24, 2011
iiNet chief executive Michael Malone fronts the media outside court. The giants of the film industry have lost their appeal in a lawsuit against ISP iiNet in a landmark judgment handed down in the Federal Court today. The appeal dismissed today had the potential to impact internet users and the internet industry profoundly as it sets a legal precedent surrounding how much ISPs are required to do to prevent customers from downloading movies and other content illegally. The film studios had sued iiNet arguing that, by not acting to prevent illegal file sharing on its network, it was essentially “authorising” the activity. Advertisement: Story continues below “I have concluded that the appeal should be dismissed,” Justice Arthur Robert Emmett said in court this afternoon. But he said it was fair to say that the film studios were successful in a number of areas in their appeal.